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The Decision Reverberation 

Koothrappali is worried people won't take him seriously in his own field after publishing a paper that suggests he may have discovered alien life. Leonard wants to be the principal investigator on a plasma physics study.


Mark Cendrowski


Chuck Lorre (created by), Bill Prady (created by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Johnny Galecki ... Leonard Hofstadter
Jim Parsons ... Sheldon Cooper
Kaley Cuoco ... Penny Hofstadter
Simon Helberg ... Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar ... Raj Koothrappali
Mayim Bialik ... Amy Farrah Fowler
Melissa Rauch ... Bernadette Rostenkowski
Joshua Malina ... President Siebert
Rati Gupta ... Anu
David Theune ... Dr. Graybel
Angela Lin ... Maritza
Elijah Isaiah Cook ... Terry


Leonard discovers that he does things solely to please people - a "satisfizer" in Sheldon's vernacular - with no consideration for what he really wants, which in turn usually makes him miserable. In standing up for what he believes he truly wants, Leonard may have to renegotiate his relationships with the university, with Sheldon and with Penny in particular. Meanwhile, Raj has written a paper in which he does not rule out the possibility of alien life being the cause of something he discovers. In the process, the figurative "world" begins solely to fixate on the alien issue of the paper, he being mocked in the process. Raj has to figure out how to restore his reputation as a serious scientist. Written by Huggo

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25 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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This episode was taped on March 19, 2019. See more »


Leonard remarks Sheldon asks where they would all like to sit during a movie outing. The Arclight Theatre in Pasadena, CA is by reserve seating only. See more »


[last lines]
Sheldon Cooper: Have you ever wondered what the Hulk would be like if he were made of sherbet?
Leonard Hofstadter: I give up.
Sheldon Cooper: Delicious.
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References The Avengers (2012) See more »


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2 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Big Bang Theory

Almost a cultural hub and a dream project for the nerd and movie goers out there, The Big Bang Theory lift off from the first episode in '07 possibly breaking many records on broadcasting and awards shows; this is another one of Chuck Lorre's production as it too resembles with the others on its hardcore and counter argumentative humor. And unlike others, its witty and sharp humor doesn't walk on 'mundane sitcom rituals' which they carried off till the mid series quite nicely after which the plot grew thin and the humor got petty and childish to a point where the viewers have started to feel like a homework that doesn't end.

On performance level, Parsons is never reliable on his co-stars, he is literally a one man army and the reason behind it is not that he is given the range and content to flaunt his skills but even when the writing goes frizzy in its latter season, he delivers unflinchingly. On the other hand, Galecki is convincing throughout the series along with Helberg supporting him decently. The narrative that was once fluid, gripping and thought-provoking has now turned into this misconceived mixture of rotted out ideas, that ought not to draw even a chuckle, let alone be intriguing enough to keep the audience tangled in these undercooked characters' mundane life.

Another main reason, why the ideas narrowed down as it aged on screen was because of too many lead actors sharing the screen and the writers being restricted on offering and dividing the work or humor to each and everyone resulting into low quality of the final product. Even though the series have somehow found itself in the 12th season it still hasn't offered much on character development (their work on Sheldon is appreciative but not worth the effort).

Season 12

With an attempt of attaining a closure to a higher ideal, the last season is sculpted to justify and culminate the entire series and as much as the hopes are higher, the maturity on writing is equally lower where the offered final product is of a daily soap quality.

The Decision Reverberation

Rebooting their perspective, after taking a break for a while, this time the writing has the original essence of nerdy-ness that made the series what it is, and no matter how familiar and monotonous the theme sounds like, there is a lot to be happy about in their punch ups, if not anything particularly laugh hysterically about.

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